What is a plunge pool?
Swimming pools aren't just for big gardens. If you've got limited space in your backyard, you can still enjoy many of the benefits of a full-sized pool and spa combined with a space-saving plunge pool. When you choose the right features, these pools can also help with rehabilitation and exercise.
But what is a plunge pool and what makes it different from other types of swimming pools? These increasingly popular pools distinguish themselves in three main areas:
Plunge pools can range from 4 to 7 metres in length and 2 to 3 metres in width – smaller than regular swimming pools, but larger than spas. They're generally no deeper than 1.2 metres, although deep-plunge models are sometimes available.
There are many reasons why smaller backyard pools may be preferred. Your home may occupy a smaller lot, you may want to save space in your garden, or you may simply want to avoid the higher maintenance and running costs associated with a larger pool.
Plunge pools can fit neatly along the side of a house, along walls and fences, inside decking or even inside a home. They're suitable for people of all ages, although children should always be supervised when they're in or around the pool.
Just because they're smaller in size, that doesn't mean plunge pools lack the features of a larger pool. In fact, their more compact size can offer distinct advantages when it comes to hydrotherapy.
If you or someone in your family suffers from aches and pains, you have weak muscles or you're healing from an injury, plunge pools with swim jets, heaters and seats can turn a regular pool into a therapeutic spa. Massaging jets and whirlpools can help you to relax as you float in comfort, while resistance jets are a great way to get exercise while swimming in place.
Just like plunge pools in nature, models with waterfalls can recirculate water to add a pleasing water feature to your backyard.
Plunge pools also come in a wider variety of designs than standard swimming pools, from geometric rectangles, circles and ovals to custom designs tailored to your backyard or your personality. Available in a range of colours and styles, combined with creative landscaping or decking, you'll have plenty of options for designing your garden retreat.
Most plunge pools are built in-ground, made from concrete or fibreglass. Above ground pools made from strong resin are also available, but these require strong bracing. The type of pool you choose and the material it's made from will affect its initial cost as well as its longevity and ongoing maintenance.
If you're looking for plunge pools, spas or full-size swimming pools in Melbourne, Sydney or other locations Australia-wide, get in touch with your nearest Clark Rubber store. Search our pools and spas catalogue to find a wide selection of swimming pools in all shapes and sizes to suit every home.